Doug Bianchi 1965Bianchi Aviation Film Services History

Bianchi Aviation Film Services (BAFS) was conceived during the early sixties by Douglas Bianchi. Doug knew that because of the ever-increasing amount of films involving aircraft, there was a requirement for a dedicated organisation with its own establishment who could support the film industry with its aviation requirements.

Coupled with his knowledge on antique aircraft and his ability to build and operate replica aircraft, he was approached in 1962 by of Twentieth Century Fox Productions to build and operate aircraft for "Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines" and so began a 6 year involvement working with Twentieth Century Fox which included the film "The Blue Max" and the post production and promotional work advertising both films.

Many other important and universally known productions were to follow and BAFS was fully established in the early seventies. Doug passed away in 1977 leaving the running of BAFS to Tony Bianchi.

More than 150 productions are on the company credit list. Latterly BAFS has handled every aspect of the actual aviation filming element’s managing the 2nd Unit requirements entirely.

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